Friday, March 14th, 2008

"Fans Shed Light on the Game"

If you've ever enjoyed a beverage inside a sports bar, I guarantee you've seen an image of Wrigley Field at night. The photo, shown below, is a scene of a Cubs game being played at night illuminated only by fans holding flashlights and a cloud-obscured moon. A very cool image from a by-gone era.

In an odd piece of news this week, Scott Mutter, the photographer who created "Fans Shed Light on the Game," was found dead in his Park Ridge home last Saturday. The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled his death a suicide.

Though a minor bit of news, that story made me think. This season, Wrigley Field will be celebrating twenty years of baseball under the lights. I am still amazed that I have known Wrigley Field with lights longer than without. A sobering thought for a Friday afternoon. I remember all the arguments against the installation of lights. The organization CUBS (Citizens United for Baseball in the Sun) complained how the neighborhood would change. It certainly did. I wonder where they are today?



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